We’re another day closer to the NBA trade deadline, but we’re no closer to knowing whether some of the biggest names in the league will be switching teams this week. Just one deal was announced Tuesday — the Lakers sent Lou Williams to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and the Rockets’ first-round pick in this year’s NBA Draft. There has been radio silence on Carmelo Anthony, although chatter about Anthony’s teammate Derrick Rose got a little louder.
Lakers send Lou Williams to Rockets
Magic Johnson’s first trade as Lakers team president involved a veteran asset that was turned into primarily a draft pick. Williams, who’s averaging 18.6 points in just over 24 minutes per game as a sixth man, was sought by multiple teams; reports earlier Tuesday said that the Hornets had entered the sweepstakes. That was right before LA agreed to send Williams to Houston. Now the shooting guard will be counted on to add even more offense to the Rockets’ prolific rotation. The first-rounder figures to be a bottom 10 selection.
Derrick Rose + Tom Thibodeau again?
Rose returned to Knicks practice Tuesday after his All-Star break and immediately had to address rumors his old coach in Chicago may want to reunite in Minnesota. Rose said the right things, making sure not to betray any possible enthusiasm for such a move. “I haven’t heard anything about it until I came back (from the All-Star break),” Rose said, per the New York Post. “Like I said before I left, you never know what’s going to happen. You’ve got to be a professional about it. And whatever it is, I’ll be prepared.”
Pacers looking to give Paul George help; could it be Jahlil Okafor?
Indiana’s first-round pick is up for bid, and ESPN speculated Tuesday that it might be used to pry center Jahlil Okafor from the Sixers. The Pacers are trying to add depth around their star rather than look to trade him, and Okafor has been rumored for weeks to be leaving Philadelphia. The Sixers hoarded draft picks under former GM Sam Hinkie, but it looks as though the current administration is willing to look long term, too. George appears to be off the market, if he ever truly was on it; the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday that the Pacers won’t consider deals involving him.
Is Nerlens Noel in play?
One of the Sixers’ other big men is drawing attention, too. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that teams are checking on Noel, who has started the Sixers’ past three games. Noel can become a restricted free agent after the season, which complicates the trade process, Woj said on his podcast: Teams want to know how much they’ll need to pay him in the offseason.
Andre Drummond trolls the NBA world
Everyone loses their minds when NBA players do stuff on Twitter around the deadline that might indicate a trade is happening. Andre Drummond retweeted an eyes emoji on Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ timeline and updated his own Twitter profile. Does that mean Drummond is being dealt to the Celtics to help out IT? That’s how high the DefCon level is at this time of year. Of course, Drummond had to answer questions about all that. An irritated Drummond said he can change his profile if he wants. “So if y’all want to speculate about that, by all means go for it,” he said, per the Detroit Free Press. “I can’t control what happens. I’m just here to play basketball, so if I get traded, I get traded. If I don’t, I don’t. I’m here to play.”
Van Gundy weighs in on Drummond
Pistons coach/president Stan Van Gundy said general manager Jeff Bower is constantly on the phone with other teams and “I’m sure, as I’ve said before, that every name on our roster has come up.” That would include Drummond’s name. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre,” he said, per the Free Press. Van Gundy also reminded reporters that most rumored trades don’t happen and that a lot of deals get done without anyone getting wind of them. “All the rumors and stuff don’t mean a damn thing,” he said. “They don’t. They really mean nothing.”
Deron Williams back to Utah?
Speaking of reunions, there was talk the Jazz might be looking to get their onetime star point guard back. Williams is toiling for the sputtering Mavericks and just recently returned from an injury. He can become a free agent at the end of the season, so the return for Dallas likely wouldn’t be massive. Williams, 32, wouldn’t be needed to run the show in Utah; the Jazz already have George Hill at the point. Williams played five-plus seasons with the Jazz before being traded to the Nets six years ago.